Ukrainians abandon Portugal

in News · 02-09-2006 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

A report published this week has shown that thousands of Ukrainians are abandoning Portugal. Latest figures published by the Immigration Office or Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), shows that nationals from this former Soviet Republic are heading home by the busload, while arrivals Cape Verde and Moldova are on the rise.

Statistics show that an average of around three thousand Ukrainians have been leaving Portugal since last December when they numbered a total of 67,000 citizens residing legally in the country.
According to newspaper Correio da Manhã, the main reasons for the rapid departure of Ukrainians is due to a huge drop in job opportunities in the construction sector, coupled with an increase in wages and standard of living in the Ukraine.
Latest SEF figures show that 418,000 immigrants currently reside legally in Portugal, which is down 42,000 on the December 2005 total and also the lowest since 2002.
The immigrant communities with the highest representation in Portugal are Cape Verde with 68,000 citizens, a figure that is up 3,000 in relation to last year, followed by Brazil (64,000 – down 11,000) and Ukraine, with 43,000 legal residents in Portugal.
Coming in fourth, are Angolans with 34,000 residents, followed by 25,000 from Guinea-Bissau.
Britain comes in next, with 18,000 registered citizens, 11,000 of which live in the Algarve, though thousands more are believed to be living and working without a residence permit due to their status as EU citizens.
Spaniards are the second biggest EU community in Portugal with a total of 16,000.
Moldova, with 15,000 residents, is the only Eastern European country whose community in Portugal has recorded growth.


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